An Update on Office 365 Requiring TLS 1.2

Hello Exchange Server followers! In December 2017 it was announced Office 365 planned to discontinue support for TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 connections on March 1st, 2018, and after that time only TLS 1.2 connections would be allowed when interacting with Office 365. Many of you have been asking for additional detail on what this…


Demystifying Hybrid Free/Busy: what are the moving parts?

Hybrid Free/Busy is one of those things that many people do not fully understand. If everything works well, the complexity is hidden from view and people working in various parts of organization can seamlessly work together. But if things go wrong… you will appreciate deeper understanding of what makes it work. This is why we…


Now your enterprise mobility management solution can be used to simply set up and configure Outlook for iOS and Android for Exchange on-premises

Today, we are announcing the availability of new functionality in Outlook for iOS and Android that simplifies the Exchange on-premises email account set up with Microsoft Intune and other enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions.   Now administrators can simply push the account set up details via mobile device management (MDM) to deliver the user and server…


Exchange Server TLS guidance, part 1: Getting Ready for TLS 1.2

Overview As the realm of security in technology continues to evolve over time, every so often we say hello to newer and more competent versions of technologies while saying goodbye to their older siblings. By the time you are reading this article you may have learned Office 365 intends to stop accepting inbound network connections…


Exchange Log Collector Script

A while ago I created the “CollectLogsScript” (see my old A better way to collect logs from your Exchange servers blog post) which I have since rebranded to “ExchangeLogCollector”. Seeing that this has proven popular, I have continued to make some major improvements to the script over the years. The script was recently moved over…


Permanently Clear Previous Mailbox Info

We are introducing a new parameter that can be called by using the Set-User cmdlet in Exchange Online PowerShell. The feature is focused for customers doing migration of on-premises mailboxes to the cloud and you will be able to use it within three weeks or so (Edit 1/19: we updated this due to slower than…


The case of Reply Log Manager not letting lagged copy lag

In a previous blog post Ross Smith IV had explained what the Replay Lag Manager is and what it does. It’s a great feature that’s somewhat underappreciated. We’ve seen a few support cases that seemed to have been opened out of the misunderstanding of what the Replay Lag Manager is doing. I wanted to cover…


EAI support announcement

Out of 7.6 billion people in the world, only 360 million are native English speakers. Although email has been the earliest and most widely-adopted platform for modern electronic communication, email addresses have only supported a limited subset of Latin characters (mostly due to historical reasons). People who don’t read or speak English have been forced…


The many ways to block automatic email forwarding in Exchange Online

In support, I get this question quite frequently: “How do I block users from auto forwarding their mail outside my environment?” There are plenty of good reasons you may not want auto forwarding: you may have HIPAA laws to follow, regulatory compliance or data privacy concerns or simply because it makes you uncomfortable. A user…